• Paul’s Priestly Service Devotional

    Romans 15:14-16

    Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. The Apostle’s words in today’s passage indicate that it is also possible to offer others to the Lord. When our Creator uses us and our ministry to bring others to faith and to grow them in Christ, He will receive these as a kind of sacrifice that we have made to Him. Our ministry is never in vain, and the Lord will reward us as we offer up such sacrifices. View Resource

  • How to Serve Devotional

    Joshua 24:14–15

    Service to the Lord is not an impossible burden but a delight. Service is hard work, so we will grow tired and face difficulties on occasion. Nevertheless, God will sustain us so that we might serve Him faithfully and store up for ourselves treasures in heaven. If you have not been serving in your local church, now is the time to speak with your leaders so that you might find a place to put your time and talents to good use. View Resource

  • God’s Work Ethic Devotional

    Ephesians 4:28

    God’s people are called to be generous, not foolish. We want to provide real help to widows, orphans, and others who are in true need, first in our churches and then in the world. As we seek to help others, we should be discerning, giving to programs that help lift people out of poverty instead of just perpetuating a dysfunctional cycle. We should also be most concerned with how we ourselves are fulfilling the call to generosity, not how others might be failing to do so. View Resource

  • Getting Angry at our Enemies Devotional

    Proverbs 25:21–22

    When Scripture speaks of doing good to our enemies, it is focusing on the common, everyday interactions that we have with other people. This teaching is less applicable in cases of physical violence or wars between nations, although even seeking justice is a form of love and kindness in that it may keep an offender from sinning even further. In any case, we should love those who hate us, pray for them, and seek their well-being. View Resource

  • Wholehearted Love and Service Devotional

    Deuteronomy 10:12

    The Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Yet to glorify and enjoy Him, we must know Him as He is in His holiness, sovereignty, and love. We must understand what He has done for His people and His promises to bless those who follow His ways. The only way to do this is to study His revelation and sit under sound preaching that explores and applies the Word of God to God’s people. View Resource

  • Deacons Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    Jesus tells us very clearly that those who want to be great in the kingdom of God must serve others (Matt. 23:11). None of us should ever think that we are too good or hold too high of a position to do particular tasks. Instead, we must be willing to do even the smallest and least enjoyable tasks when that is what is necessary to serve the needs of others. Let us serve others with gladness and fulfill Christ’s call to greatness. View Resource

  • Power to Minister Devotional

    Acts 1:8

    If you are a Christian, you have already received the Holy Spirit, and you have the mind and ability to serve God and His church. We all may not be ordained to specific church offices, but all of us who are in Christ are able to obey Him and discern good from evil as we walk in the Spirit and seek His face. Do not let your shortcomings, whether they are perceived or real, prevent you from serving in your local church. View Resource

  • The Return of Epaphroditus Devotional

    Philippians 2:25–26

    The depth of Epaphroditus’ love for his brothers and sisters in Christ is seen in that his chief worry was not about his own health but that his fellow believers would not have to suffer too much emotional pain in their concern for him. This indicates a profoundly selfless orientation, and it is something that we should be praying daily for the Holy Spirit to develop in us. Let us, by this same Spirit, seek to cultivate the virtue of Christian selflessness. View Resource

  • The Proven Worth of Timothy Devotional

    Philippians 2:21–24

    Paul could be confident in Timothy’s worth as a fellow minister because of the ways he had proven his character over time (Phil. 2:22). As we consider our service in the church, we should also be aware that it takes time to prove our own worth to our ministers, elders, and other church leaders. So let us not fret if we are not yet entrusted with the big things but rather focus on proving ourselves faithful where God has placed us today. View Resource

  • Paul’s Commendation of Timothy Devotional

    Philippians 2:19–20

    Paul’s sending of Timothy illustrates his great love for his congregation and is an example that Christian leaders will especially want to follow. It is good to appoint and send others on one’s behalf to help those under one’s charge if that will help meet the need for pastoral care. Commending these helpers also aids the recipients in fully understanding the benefits they will be receiving from the assistance of these delegates. View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for His Audience Devotional

    Philippians 2:17–18

    Our love for those who minister to us should be part of what motivates our obedience to the Lord. As we grow in holiness, we help to show our pastors, Sunday school teachers, and other church leaders that their labor has not been in vain. Thus, our pursuit of conformity to Christ’s image is a tangible way that we can fulfill the command to love one another, especially those who lead us in the faith (John 13:34). View Resource

  • Lights to the World Devotional

    Philippians 2:14–15

    Since we are already lights to the world in Christ Jesus, we can, by His Spirit, show forth the glory and goodness of God in line with the Father’s plan. We will fail from time to time and need reminding that shining as lights excludes grumbling and complaining. So the question remains, are we grumbling and complaining about our church leaders over every given matter, or are we working to support them as they follow Christ? View Resource

  • Christian Humility Devotional

    Philippians 2:3–4

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, explaining that we can put others before ourselves more easily when we are “severe with our own faults and charitable in our judgment of others.” If we assume the best of other people in the church, we will find ourselves more readily surrendering our own rights in order to serve them. If we assume the worst, we will find it nearly impossible to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. View Resource

  • The Christian’s Conflicting Desires Devotional

    Philippians 1:21–24

    One commentator has wondered what it would mean for the church if we really acted on the reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” What if we more consistently conducted ourselves as if true life meant Christ and not a bigger house, a happy family, or a satisfying job, however important all these may be? What if we lived more regularly as if our deaths would result in the greatest gain we could ever conceive? View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for the Philippians Devotional

    Philippians 1:7–8

    In many ways, it is easier to pray or to give to various churches and ministries instead of doing both. How often do we pray for other believers and gospel defenders without responding to their need for financial support? How often do we write a check and then promptly forget to pray regularly for those to whom we give. Let us do both, as we are able, thereby showing our love for others and our wholesale reliance on the grace of God. View Resource